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Ingen er så trygg i fare : kriminalroman (original 2014; edição 2019)

por Gunnar Staalesen

Séries: Varg Veum (19)

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Reeling from the death of his great love, Varg Veum's life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he's accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material...and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.… (mais)
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Título:Ingen er så trygg i fare : kriminalroman
Autores:Gunnar Staalesen
Informação:[Oslo] Gyldendal 2019
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Wolves in the Dark (Varg Veum Series) por Gunnar Staalesen (2014)

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It felt a little bit daunting when I picked up Wolves in the Dark, as I hadn't realised how many earlier Varg Veum books there were - this is number 21, in case you are wondering. I was worried that joining a series so late would lessen the enjoyment of reading the book, but I am delighted to report that it works so well as a standalone that it left me wanting to find out more about Varg's back story.

The drama begins on the very first page when Varg is awoken by the police as they turn up at the crack of dawn to arrest him for having shocking images of children on his computer. Varg has never seen the images before but with such compelling evidence stacked against him, he struggles to prove his innocence. Whilst being investigated he tries to remember anybody who might bear him a grudge. It took me a little while to get used to the writing style at this point, as it wasn't clear to me that we were reading about Varg's past so I was wondering how he got out of custody. Once the penny dropped, I got used to it and although I didn't need a 'then' and 'now' chapter heading, something like a '3 years ago' hint would have alleviated my confusion.

The storyline is quite serious and shocking at times, but I loved the little bits of Gunnar Staalesen's dry humour sprinkled throughout - Varg's rapid-fire quips and humorous anecdotes did make me laugh on more than one occasion. The thing that intrigued me the most about Varg is that he's a private investigator who's not very good at following people. He doesn't really care about his work either, since he lost his lover Karin, all he cares about is picking up his next bottle of Aquavit (a Scandinavian spirit). He reminded me of Dr House and his addiction to Vicodin - both struggling to block out the pain by any means necessary.

Wolves in the Dark is one of those fast-paced sweaty palm sort of books; you could feel the net closing in and the clock ticking down whilst the hunted man is still struggling to prove his innocence. It's a book that makes me simultaneously want to reach for the back-catalogue as well as seeing when the next instalment is coming out - now that I've been introduced to Varg mid-series I definitely want to know more. A brilliant introduction to the Varg Veum series; giving us a glimpse of such a well established character certainly left me thirsty for more.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion. ( )
  Michelle.Ryles | Mar 9, 2020 |
Als privédetective Varg Veum wordt beschuldigd van betrokkenheid bij een pedofielennetwerk, probeert hij er achter te komen wie de ware schuldige is ( )
  huizenga | Sep 17, 2019 |
I have seen every single Varg Veum TV movie there is, but this is the first book I have read. Wolves in the Dark is book 21 so I have missed a couple. Nevertheless, I just knew I had to read this one since I find Varg Veum to be such a fabulous TV characters that I wanted to see how he is portrayed in the books.

And, he is, to be honest not showing his best side in the book, after losing Karin some years before has he pretty much spent the years since then drinking which makes it hard for him to remember the cases he has been involved with. And, now he really needs to remember them, so that he can clear his name from the accusation of harboring child pornography on his computer. He has not many allies in this book, luckily for him he has a girlfriend that believes in him, but even her trust will be put to the test.

Let me tell you, this is a dark story. Child pornography is an awful subject to read about, and I really, really wanted Veum to get to the bottom of it and clear his name. However, first, he must try to put the pieces together, he has some names and vague recollections, and as the story progress will he learn that there are some people out there that wouldn't mind destroying his life. It's an engrossing book, and it was interesting to see how the story that started out with Veum trying to remember his past then everything started slowly getting more clearly as the story progressed.

The ending, well, gave some answers, but not everything was resolved. And, the cliffhanger was excruciating and now I want the next book to read!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
The last four years of his life, since Karin's death, have been a nightmare, and now Varg Veum is entering an even worse one.

The police have identified him as one of four men who are part of an international paedophile ring. His lawyer wants him to think over the last four years and try to work out who could be responsible. At first Varg can't think of anyone, and then he remembers various cases that he took on, none of which were successful, where someone may have come out harboring a grudge. For the reader it reveals just what Varg has been up to in the last four years and with him we begin to work out who may be responsible for his current situation.

An excellent read that really gets you in. ( )
  smik | Aug 7, 2017 |
Synopsis/blurb......

Reeling from the death of his great love, Karin, Varg Veum's life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he's accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material ... and who is seeking the ultimate revenge. When a chance to escape presents itself, Varg finds himself on the run in his hometown of Bergen. With the clock ticking and the police on his tail, Varg takes on his hardest - and most personal - case yet. Chilling, shocking and exceptionally gripping, Wolves in the Dark reaffirms Gunnar Staalesen as one of the world's foremost thriller writers.

"Gunnar Staalesen is one of my very favourite Scandinavian authors. And this is a series with very sharp teeth"
Ian Rankin
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My take....

This was my first Staalesen book and while I enjoyed it I'm not rushing headlong towards hoovering up his other English translations. Wolves in the Dark is the 21st in his Varg Veum series and about the eighth to make it into English.

We start with Veum being picked up by the police in regards to an investigation into a child pornography ring. Images are found on his computer and he is remanded in custody. His lawyer who believes Veum in his assertions that the material has been planted, engages a computer expert to find evidence to that effect. Meanwhile, Veum tries to rack his brains for clues as to who has set him up. A feat not made an easier by the fact that the last three or four years have been mostly spent as a barely functioning alcoholic in a brain-pickling drunken stupor.

Progress in clearing himself is slow and Veum escapes custody when the opportunity arises. With the police convinced of his guilt, Veum has to unpick the past, discover the guilty all the while avoiding recapture. Simple.

Great storytelling, I like how the period in jail, allowed Staalesen to introduce various suspects for the crime into the story, by using Veum's limited recall of his previous cases. The period outside after the escape is very tense, with Varg Veum, trusting his girlfriend to shelter him and provide him the means to stay free. He cuts a fairly isolated figure most of the time.

Tense and enjoyable, littered with some fairly abhorrent individuals and crimes which are thankfully never explored too graphically. What Staaalesen depicts is enough to feel disgust, anger and shame that adults can derive satisfaction from the abuse of those too young and vulnerable to protect themselves.

The second half of the book, read quicker for me than the first as I had gotten used to the Scandinavian names and places. I was initially a tad confused but soon cottoned on to who was who and what they were to everyone else. I think this confusion often surfaces for me in Scandi crime. I'll have to deal with this and overcome it if I'm to enjoy more books from this neck of the woods.
Staalesen's The Writing on the Wall awaits.

4 from 5

Read in June, 2017
Published - 2017 (originally 2014)
Page count - 308
Source - review copy Orenda Books
Format - paperback

http://col2910.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/gunnar-staalesen-wolves-in-dark-2017.html ( )
  col2910 | Jun 25, 2017 |
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Reeling from the death of his great love, Varg Veum's life has descended into a self-destructive spiral of alcohol, lust, grief and blackouts. When traces of child pornography are found on his computer, he's accused of being part of a paedophile ring and thrown into a prison cell. There, he struggles to sift through his past to work out who is responsible for planting the material...and who is seeking the ultimate revenge.

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